Cundinamarca 1814 JF real

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Heritage sale 3014, lot 25516
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

The years 1811-1819 were the first years of liberation during the struggle for independence from Spain. The first republican coinage was issued during this period of 'La Patria Boba', except for the interval 1817-1818, when Royalists took brief control. The Republic of Colombia had not yet been created, thus the region was considered a union of provinces.

Shown is a 1814 silver one real, issued for 'Nueva Granada.Cundinamarca'. It was lot 25516 in Heritage sale 3014 (Chicago, April 2011), where it sold for $3,737.50. The catalog description reads:
"LIBERTAD AMERICANA 1 Real 1814-JF, EF40 Details (altered surfaces) ANACS. Nueva Granada. This example is so sharp that it may never have circulated but unfortunately the apparent light blackness indicates that it may have been exposed to fire. Some collectors will likely find this specimen very attractive and highly desirable. Without the distraction, it may otherwise be the finest extant. If one studies the raised metal at the word 'Americana' (which indicates that the die had a divot fall off of it), one would seriously doubt the damage ascribed by ANACS. Dana felt that this specimen was possibly the finest in existence and he graded it EF- A.Uncirculated. From The Dana Roberts Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.50 g, 0.583 silver, 0.0468 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM F1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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